"the cask of amontillado"?

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would like any insight or comments on "The Cask of Amontillado"?

-- Anonymous, April 23, 2000


"The Cask of Amontillado" is a simple revenge story. Fortunato is supposedly responsible for Montressor's loss of status in the community. Being buried alive was sort of a pre-occupation in Poe's time. That is why he chose to have Fortunato buried alive in the catacombs. The story was sort of meant to be ironic too. For instance- Fortunato's name. Also- Montressor drinking to Fortunato's long life just minutes before he kills him. Fortunato drinking to the people buried down there- not realizing he is about to become one of them. Finally- Montressor thinks that killing Fortunato will be sweet revenge, but it ends up haunting him for the rest of his life (50 years) until he confesses on his death bed.

-- Anonymous, April 27, 2000

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